Monday, April 13, 2009

Puppy Watch

Okay, so I've been talking about how much the little miss has grown.  She's a puppy and all so she's supposed to do that but it's been really unbelievable how fast she's grown.

Here is a photo Youngest took of her when she first arrived on March 1st.
Here she is last night with the same bone:

She was about 5 pounds when we got her.  She now weighs...wait let me go fire up the Wii and check...18.9 pounds.  That's 13 pounds in 6 weeks.  Well on her way to becoming a horse.

She's getting better at confining her nocturnal (and diurnal) emissions to the pads.  Not a 100% yet but we're getting there. She comes to her name, when she wants to. She has learned to sit and we're working on shake.  She eats the same food as the boys (large breed Pedigree, good for pups and adults) and damn if we're not going through a ton of food.  You wouldn't think the addition of one more dog would push up the consumption rate so much but we've gone through two large and one extra large bag of food since we got her.

We're considering purchasing a trough for them to eat out of since they trade bowls as the spirit moves them.  Myrddin is the most timid dog I've ever met.  He waits for Rowan to eat before he will unless its people food.  He even waits for Aibhne.  Course that was cause at first he was cleaning up the gooshy food that she wasn't eating in one go.  Now she eats hers and will push him out of the way to eat his.  You hear a lot about who's the Alpha dog but what they don't tell you is that in a pack there is something called the Omega.  As the name implies, this is the dog at the bottom of the pile.  This is Myrddin.  He may have harbored hopes that he would bestow that honor to the pup but it's not going to happen.  She has no fear and is supremely confident in her ability to take down the big boys, all evidence as yet to the contrary.

Of course, that will change.  She will make 20 pounds by the end of the month at which time she will be half Myrddin's weight.  I predict she will overtake him by July 4. Maybe sooner.  When she does, heaven help both of the boys.

But for now, Myrddin can hold her down with one paw, which she hates.  Rowan has established he's the boss dog, for now.  When she gets big enough to take him down, that may change. Should be an entertaining summer.

Had to add these two.  I find it endlessly amusing to watch them sprawl on their backs.


Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Big time dog lover here. Those two are fabulous. said...

My good ness they are cute!!